Madrid Open: Carlos Alcaraz title defence ended by Andrey Rublev -ZoomTech News

Carlos Alcaraz’s bid for a 3rd straight title on the Madrid Open was ended by Andrey Rublev.

Russian seventh seed Rublev rallied from a set down within the quarter-final to win 4-6 6-3 6-2 and break Alcaraz’s 14-match successful streak within the Spanish capital.

The 20-year-old second seed was aiming to develop into the primary participant to win three consecutive Madrid Open singles titles.

Rublev will face American twelfth seed Taylor Fritz or Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo for a spot within the closing.

After a gruelling win towards Jan-Lennard Struff that lasted just below three hours on Tuesday, Alcaraz struggled to search out his greatest kind towards Rublev.

The 2-time Grand Slam champion missed clay courtroom occasions in Monte Carlo and Barcelona earlier this month attributable to a proper arm harm and, regardless of taking the opening set, he seemed drained towards Rublev, who fired dwelling 30 winners.

The win ends a four-match dropping streak for Rublev, who has received only one ATP 1,000 title in his profession.

Alcaraz’s exit is additional blow to Spain’s dwelling hopes in Madrid after five-time champion Rafael Nadal misplaced to Jiri Lehecka on Tuesday in what was prone to be the 37-year-old’s final look on the event.

In the meantime, world quantity two Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the event with a right-hip harm, handing Thursday’s opponent Felix Auger-Aliassime a walk-over into the semi-finals.

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